Beaufort County Board of Education holds public forum for 2019-20 budget

Beaufort County BOE holds budget forum

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WTOC) - Thursday night at Battery Creek High School, the Beaufort County Board of Education held a public forum to discuss their budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

Residents watched a presentation on the budget, then had the opportunity to make comments. School nurses, bus drivers, social workers, coaches and athletic directors were some of the ones advocating on behalf of their departments at the meeting.

With budget shortfalls this year, they know they must work hard to get it right next year.

“The biggest challenge for us, I believe, is the revenues. Revenues are - we’re really experiencing a major shortfall this year, almost $8 million, and it is preventing us from making some decisions about things that we need to do in the district," said Tonya Crosby, the Chief Financial Officer for the Beaufort County School District. "Some priorities that we have, achievement gap is one of them, and safety and security is another.”

Another meeting is set for Tuesday at Bluffton High School at 6 p.m.

The board hopes to certify the budget at its May 21 meeting, and have the final reading on June 10 at Beaufort County Council meeting.

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